The Best Offline Shooting Games (no Wi-Fi required) – December 2018
Everyone loves a good online shooting game…until you get into the chat room and hear the endless taunts from the 12-year-olds online. Sometimes it’s better to just cut the kids out of the picture, or maybe you’d just like to play a game one-on-one, you against the computer, the way it was intended to be. Whether you’re annoyed by the toxic chatroom or the annoying cheats and hacks that everyone seems to deploy, there are times when you just want to play a good bulletfest without distraction. In this article I will present to you the best (in my opinion) offline shooting games for PCs for 2017.
Not all of these games were released in 2017, but all are definitely still playable. Some are pure offline play while others combine multiplayer features with single player campaigns.
I am old enough to have played the original Doom when it was first released. I was looking forward to the new reboot and not looking forward to it at the same time. Fortunately, it turns out to be a great game and definitely one I would recommend. It has the character of the original, the same kind of monsters, puzzles and levels but with modern graphics and gameplay tweaks. It is a great game with an offline single player mode and multiplayer should you want it.
Dying Light isn’t technically a shooter but there is shooting in it. It is a first person survival horror game where you get to shoot zombies. Released in 2015 and still being supported, Dying Light is an open world game set in a world destroyed by a zombie apocalypse. You play a special forces soldier who infiltrates a group of survivors and have to survive long enough to develop. With a neat day and night system where zombies get stronger in the dark, this is a superb game.
Far Cry 4
Yes, Far Cry 4 is a bit absurd at times and yes, it takes itself way too seriously at other times but it is still an excellent offline shooting game for PC. The Tibet-like setting, likeable characters, okay storyline and range of weapons and enemies make this the best Far Cry so far. The open world is huge and you can explore most of it in a variety of vehicles including on the back of an elephant. What’s not to like?
Titanfall 2 isn’t a pure offline shooter but the campaign can be played offline. For once, the game’s campaign was not an afterthought but a carefully crafted narrative that is worth paying for in its own right. Missions are varied and include puzzles, a bit of platforming and lots of shooting. You even get your own pet mech. Another game that is well worth playing.
Once you get used to the cartoony graphics, Borderlands 2 is a solid game to play. It is definitely a shooter with more loot guns than any game I can remember. A huge game world, excellent writing, nicely paced missions and a great sense of humor are all reasons to play this offline shooter. While Borderlands 2 has been succeeded by Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, I think it is the better game.
Crysis 3 is now a few years old but is still one of the best looking FPS games ever made. The futuristic storyline and weapons remain rooted enough to be convincing and the nanosuit is cool enough that anyone who plays the game will want one. Enemies are well designed, levels are excellent and there is enough variety here to keep you coming back for more. There is also a multiplayer mode for if you get lonely but I much prefer single player mode.
Arma 3 is definitely one of the best offline shooting games for PC but also one of the most difficult to get into. It is a serious soldier simulator that is still buggy years after release. If you’re after instant gratification, this isn’t it but if you want an engrossing and very involving shooter that accurately models everything it is possible to model, Arma 3 is it. The Steam Workshop missions means it will be years until you have seen and done it all in this game.
Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl
Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl also featured in my best open world games list. It is that good. Released a decade ago, Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl places you in a post-apocalyptic world full of mutant life and intrigue. The environment is against you, the mutants are against you and only a few people are with you. It is a well-paced game with just enough guns and ammo to survive but not much to spare. That’s why it makes my best offline shooting games for PC list.
Fallout 4 also made my best open world game list. It is also an excellent shooter. The latest in a line of Fallout games that mix rich characters, believable worlds, intrigue, challenging enemies, puzzles and shooting. Lots and lots of shooting. I have replayed this game three times from beginning to end and will likely do so again. With some decent RPG elements and lots of places to explore, it is a great shooter for the PC.
Sniper Elite 3
Sniper Elite 3 is flawed and certainly not up to Crysis 3 standards. However, what other game lets you plant landmines on dead bodies or show your bullet in slow motion as it passes through your target? Sniper Elite 4 may be out now, but I think 3 is better. The campaign lasts longer for one and I think the enemies and levels are slightly more challenging. Well worth a place in my best offline shooting games for PC I think!
Any ‘best game’ list is going to be subjective and likely controversial. There will be lots of you who decry some of these entries or call me out for not including a particular game you like. What games would you have in your ‘best offline shooting games for PC’ list? Tell us about them below if you like!